Here's a new take on the "new normal." National Geographic has run some calculations on our population averages, now that we're staring 7 billion in the face. The verdict: The most typical human right now is a 28-year-old Han Chinese man -- there are over 9,000,000 people in the world fitting that description! -- who is right-handed and has a cell phone but no bank account. "Typical" is a moving target as the population explodes: By 2030, as we shoot past 7 billion, the typical person will come from India.
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